Abingdon 750


In 2006 Abingdon celebrated the 750th anniversary of the earliest surviving reference to the School – a charter of Abingdon Abbey recording an endowment by Abbot John de Blosneville for the support of thirteen poor scholars.

The Abingdon 750 logo incorporates heraldic details from some of the people and institutions that have played a significant part in the School’s history.

Click on the links below or the symbols within the Logo to find information about them and some of the events held during the course of 2006.

Arms of John RoysseOn 8 February, the old schoolroom was the venue for a Chamber Concert given by some of the School’s leading orchestral players.

Arms of Abingdon AbbeyOn St Edmund’s Day, 16 November 2006, a meeting of the St Edmund’s Society was held in St Nicholas’s Church, the extra-mural church of the Abbey built for the benefit of the lay community whose earliest rectors seem likely to have been headmasters of the School.

Arms of Christ's HospitalChrist’s Hospital’s beautiful 15th-century Hall was open to the public on English Heritage Open Day, Saturday 9 September 2006. It also formed part of Nigel Hammond’s tour of Abingdon on 7 June.

Arms of Mercers' Company

Logo of Josca's2006 was the 50th anniversary of the school's founding.

Arms of Thomas TesdaleOn 29 June there was an evening reception in Pembroke, introduced by Michael St John Parker – former headmaster - who spoke about the historic links between the College and Abingdon School.

Arms of the Borough of Abingdon2006 marked the 450th anniversary of the incorporation of the Borough of Abingdon.